Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Ocean City beats Middle for first football win

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Written by Tom Williams Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:00 am

Frank Woollley rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead Ocean City to its first win of the season, 42-39, over Middle Township during the Homecoming Game at Carey Stadium.

Woolley scored twice in each half and the Raiders held off a Middle threat late in the game with two interceptions - one returned for a TD by Owen Naplecic and the other - by Garrett Jones - that set up a touchdown run by QB Joe Keyes. Joe Stadnicki kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter that turned out to be the difference.

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OCHS Football Preview - Oct. 18

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 08:12 pm

Middle Township (2-2) at Ocean City (0-4)

Date: Friday, Oct. 18

Kickoff: 7pm

Place: Carey Stadium, 5th Street & The Boardwalk

OCHSLogo OCHS Coaches: Ocean City’s Kevin Smith, is 5-19 in his third season after 15 years as an assistant. He is 1-1 vs. the Panthers. Middle’s Frank Riggitano is in his 13th season as a head coach with the first 11years coming from 1990-2000. He returned last year after an 11-year gap. His overall record is 56-61, with a 2-4 record against the Raiders.

Middle Township Update: The Panthers have won their last two over Vineland (35-34) and Pleasantville (35-13) after losing their first two to St. Augustine (48-14) and Absegami (26-7). Junior running back Yamire McNeal (5-8, 187) is fifth in the CAL in rushing yards with 472 yards and 10th in scoring with 38 points. He has also thrown one touchdown. Promising freshman Zahir Bland (5-7, 145) has 88 yards and a MTHSPanther MTHS TD. Junior Joe Durso (5-9, 157) is the quarterback, completing 44 percent of his passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Jim Versage (6-0, 211) has caught seven of his passes, two for TDs, and junior Eric Arenberg (6-0, 164) has caught five passes and the other two TDs. Seniors James Pearson (6-1, 278) and Nick Rhinesmith (6-1, 247) anchor the offensive line. Versage, at linebacker, and Arenberg, in the secondary, are key defensive players. Junior linebacker Jim Smith (5-9, 173) has scored a defensive TD. Dan Fala (5-10, 152) has kicked nine extra points.

 

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October History in OCHS Sports

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 08:05 pm

October 1997:

Christy Jack scored both goals as Ocean City defeated Millville, 2-1, to put itself in position to win the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference. Britney Cates stopped 13 of Millville’s 14 shots. Leo Chase’s Raiders had earlier beaten Absegami, 6-0, with Jack scoring three times, Christine Mayne adding two and Lauren McHale scoring the sixth. Those Raiders went on to win the CAL title, the first in school history, and finished 15-5. They lost their opener in the NJSIAA Tournament and reached the second round of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. Jack led the team with 22 goals, tying the school record that she would break three years later.

 

October 1986:           

Junior Danielle Franus, who moved to Ocean City from North Carolina, reached the Round of 16 in the NJSIAA Singles Tournament before losing. It was the second best performance at that time by a Cape-Atlantic League player. Franus defeated opponents from DanielleFranusAction DanielleFranus Msgr. Donovan and Rumson in the first two rounds of the tournament before dropping her third round match. She finished 21-2 that season and led Phil Birnbaum’s Raiders to a CAL title and spot in the South Jersey final the next year.

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Another big game looms for Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:35 pm

The Middle Township High School football team finds itself in the same position as last year’s Panther team entering the team’s fifth game of the season.

Like last season, Middle lost its first two games but bounced back to win its next two. The latest victory was a wild one-point win over Vineland. Now coming out of its bye, Middle is set to make a short trip up the parkway to Carey Stadium, Ocean City High School’s beachfront home, to play the Raiders Friday evening at 7.

Middle currently sits 10th in the South Jersey Group II power point standings. With the top eight teams qualifying for a playoff berth after eight games, it stands to reason that this is a very important game for the Panthers. As are the next three after this week.

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Chris Rivera leads Caper 'Cubs'

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:30 pm

It hasn’t been a stellar season for the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team so far. The Caper Tigers are 0-4 and, other than during the first half of their loss to Pleasantville, haven’t been competitive in any of the games.

Over the last couple of games, however, some bright spots have been appearing. The biggest one is the play of Chris Rivera, a 14-year-old freshman who certainly is one of the youngest players seeing significant playing time in Cape-Atlantic League varsity football.

Rivera is one of six Lower Cape May freshmen seeing heavy action this season. Four of them are starting on both sides of the ball.

Rivera was tabbed as the team’s starting slot receiver at the beginning of the season. But when senior back Alek Soriano went down with a season-ending injury in the team’s opener against Bridgeton, Rivera was moved to wingback, where he’s become an integral part of the team’s offense.

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LCM gets sweet revenge with 4-0 win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:26 pm

ERMA – Earlier this season, the Lower Cape May Regional High School field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision at Holy Spirit. So when the rematch occurred on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers were certainly motivated.

“We definitely had to play better,” said junior forward Carrie Wunder. “When were up there last game we came out a little flat.”

They didn’t come out flat this time. Wunder staked the Lady Tigers to a 1-0 halftime lead with a long shot from just inside the scoring circle before the team went on to score three times after the break to post a dominating 4-0 victory.

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Raiders hoping new football season starts Friday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:11 am

 For the second consecutive season, the Ocean City High School football team is 0-4. It is the seventh time since the formation of the Cape-Atlantic League that the Raiders have started with four straight losses.

Last year’s team dropped a fifth game before winning in week six and finishing 3-7. Tony Galante’s 1986 team lost its first six before winning two of three to finish 2-7. Ed Woolley’s 1978 team finished 0-9. Andy Prohaska’s 1961 team won in week five and finished 2-7. Fred Haack’s 1960 team also won week five and ended up 3-5-1. And Fenton Carey’s 1953 team dropped its fifth game and finished 2-6.

That is the history of OCHS teams that got out of the gate slowly. This 2013 version faced probably the four best teams on its schedule during the first four weeks. After its bye week sort of created a separation, Coach Kevin Smith is hoping Friday night’s game with Middle Township will start a second season.

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OCHS cross country teams are champions again

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 15, 2013 09:24 pm

Ocean City High School's cross country teams finished off undefeated championship seasons again on Tuesday as both teams swept tri-meets against host Vineland and Bridgeton to win the Cape-Atlantic League's American Conference.

Lou Paone led Ed Keenan and Brandon Hadtke across the finish line as the OCHS boys lifted their win streak to 53 meets over six seasons.

Bridget Flynn was first for the girls as they stretched their win streak to 24 meets over three seasons. She was followed by Devon Grisbaum, Rachel Stremme, Emma Bergman, Meredith Steele and Kayla Gillespie.

Look for more on the OCHS cross country championships and a preview of the Cape May County Meet in next week's Gazette.  

   

WCHS senior 4th at Disney Cross Country Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 15, 2013 04:12 am

Wildwood Catholic senior cross country standout Emily Johnson placed fourth overall in the varsity girls Division 1A race at the Disney Cross Country Classic presented by New Balance at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., over the weekend.

Johnson posted a time of 20 minutes, 21.28 seconds in the national meet that included 130 runners. Although she finished Nearly two minutes behind the winner, Anna Flynn of the Ursuline School (18:33.55), Johnson ended the race only 13 seconds away from second place.

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Raider Sports Roundup

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:04 am

BOYS SOCCER: The once-beaten Raiders were seeded No. 6 in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Tournament and will host No. 11 Haddonfield at the Tennessee Avenue Complex on Friday or Saturday. The Raiders defeated Haddonfield, 3-2, last month.

It would be Ocean City’s only home game in the tournament unless No. 14 seed Moorestown upsets No. 3 West Deptford. The Ocean City-Haddonfield winner will play the winner of that game. The only other CAL team in the tournament is No. 5 Middle Township, which hosts Cherokee in the first round. Because of the tournament, the OCHS-Middle game on Saturday might be cancelled or postponed.

The last time OCHS was in the Coaches Tournament was in 2008. The Raiders won the tournament in 2007 and 2005 under Mike Pellegrino and also reached the championship match in 1987 under Leo Chase. Overall, Ocean City teams are 24-15 in the tournament.

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Middle falls to one of state’s top teams in S.J. title match

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 07:28 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team has enjoyed a lot of success this fall. The Lady Panthers had won 11 of 12 matches going into this week, were winners of two state tournament matches and are currently in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

But they were no match for the opponent they faced Monday afternoon.

Competing in its first South Jersey title match in 15 years, the Lady Panthers were overwhelmed by Haddonfield, a perennial powerhouse that is currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Middle suffered a 5-0 defeat in the Group II sectional championship.

“It was a nice experience, though,” Middle coach Tracey Hall said. “It was good for the girls to see such good tennis. Nothing’s going to seem too hard after this.”

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Raiders only CAL team in girls coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:43 pm

The Ocean City High School girls soccer team is the only Cape-Atlantic League team to earn a berth to the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

The Raiders, who enter this week at 6-1, have earned the last seed in the 16-seed field and will play at No. 1 Eastern later this week. Eastern improved to 10-0-1 with a 5-1 win over Egg Harbor Township last Saturday.

First-round coaches tournament games must be played by this Friday, Oct. 18, with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 19.

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Middle, OC both get home games in boys soccer coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:26 pm

The Middle Township and Ocean City high school boys soccer teams have earned berths to the prestigious South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

Seedings for the tournament, which includes the best 16 teams in South Jersey regardless of enrollment, were made official late Monday morning.

Middle Township, which is 12-0, has earned the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Cherokee. Cherokee, state Group IV champions in 2010 and 2011, enters this week at 7-2-1. Ocean City, which is 10-1-1, has earned the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Haddonfield (10-2).

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Lady Panthers advance in tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:23 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls tennis team’s outstanding season continued Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, competing in the second round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament, posted a 4-1 victory over West Deptford to advance in the state playoffs.

Middle, the second seed in the tournament, improved to 10-1 with the victory. The team got straight-set wins at two of the three doubles positions and both doubles slots against seventh-seeded West Deptford.

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